Our Leadership

Founders

Eva Csaky, Ph.D

Executive Director of Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity at SMU and

Co-Founder, Inclusive Economy Consortium

Anna Clark

Hunt Institute Fellow and Co-Founder, Inclusive Economy Consortium 

Bios

Eva Csaky, PhD is the executive director and research professor of the Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity, where she works closely with partners in academia, the private sector and not-for-profit  organizations to develop initiatives that benefit disadvantaged communities locally and globally. Under her leadership, the Institute hosted the largest climate change conference ever held in Dallas, with a focus on the intersection of poverty and climate change. She is also the co-founder of the Inclusive Economy Consortium, which is  informed by her extensive experience and research on  inclusive economic development.


Prior  to joining SMU, Eva worked for the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, for 18 years with a focus on market-based solutions for environmental and social problems. Eva’s expertise is assessing the complex ecosystem that underserved communities operate in, including the market failures they face and the motivation of key stakeholders. Based on that analysis, Eva designs and  implements policy interventions in close collaboration with relevant  stakeholders to address the needs of communities, leveraging social  entrepreneurial and inclusive economic approaches.


A  key pillar of Eva’s work is innovative financing approaches, and she is one of the pioneers of blended financial solutions. Using her unique  approach, Eva led the design and implementation of projects in 24 countries around the world in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean water access and sustainable value chains. For  her work she has received multiple awards, including the first IFC/World  Bank Innovation Award. Most recently, Eva co-authored the study for the  G20 “Climate Smart Financing for Small and Medium Enterprises – Enabling Policy frameworks.”


Eva holds an MS in Finance from the George Washington University, an MA in  Public Policy from Duke University and a PhD in Public Policy with specialization on Globalization and Development, with a focus on  inclusive value chains from Duke University. She presently serves as a  member of Dallas Mayor Rawlings’ Poverty Task Force and the Advisory  Group for Dallas Chief Resilience Office. She has also served as an  advisor to the OECD’s Green Growth Knowledge Platform and is an invited  delegate of the Skoll World Forum.


Anna Clark is the co-founder of the Inclusive Economy Consortium and a  fellow of the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity at Southern Methodist University. In partnership with the Institute, Anna researches the intersection of corporate social responsibility (CSR), social enterprise and inclusive business. She was also a key organizer of the  Institute’s “Climate Extremes” conference, the largest event on the issue ever to be hosted in Dallas.


Anna began her career as a  management consultant with PwC Consulting and IBM. In 2005, she founded EarthPeople Media, a sustainability communication consultancy serving clients including JCPenney, Inc., FleishmanHillard,  Enablon, Gardere Law Firm, Scotch Corporation, Southern Methodist  University, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (Dubai) and  International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of The World  Bank.


In 2017, Anna joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as a principal, where she provides senior counsel in corporate affairs, CSR and reputation management to industry leaders in commercial real estate, consumer products, technology and other sectors. 


An author and speaker, Anna writes the Eco-Leadership column  on Greenbiz.com and has contributed to The Guardian, Al Jazeera English,  Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and The Dallas Morning  News. She serves as a board director for the North Texas Regional Council of USGBC Texas and The American Women’s Financial  Education Foundation. She is also an advisor to the OpEd  Project, the Little Things Matter Foundation and Green Source DFW,  which awarded her a Sustainable Leadership Award in 2016.


Anna  holds a BA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and an  MA in Communication from Johns Hopkins University. She lives with her family in one of the first residences in Dallas to earn a Platinum LEED  certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.